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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Two of Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpieces have returned to Netflix this month: 2001: A Space Odyssey and its follow-up A Clockwork Orange. While we wouldn’t recommend the experience for first-time viewings — go find the biggest theatrical screen possible — if you’re looking to re-watch, they are now easy to stream. – Jordan R.
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- TFS Staff
Junya Sakino is a new japanese director, that has previously worked as a cinematographer and producer, both in Japan and the Us. On the occasion of the release of his first feature film, Sake Bomb he answered some of my questions. I will not get into further details about him as the interview is quite biographical
First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your first feature film, Sake bomb. Could you tell us a bit about the path that brought you from Japan to the U.S and the making of this movie.?
I was born and raised in Japan and decided to move to Los Angeles to purse a filmmaking career. It’s not that I didn’t consider staying in Japan, but it made sense for me that there were a lot of universities that offered film studies, so my natural instinct was just to »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Although best known for his stand-up, Oswalt has appeared in various films and TV shows over the past two decades. While he has played a handful of smaller roles in such projects as Magnolia, Man on the Moon, Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Community and SpongeBob SquarePants, he is also known for his larger parts in such projects as The King of Queens, Big Fan, Ratatouille and Young Adult.
[The film is] about a college graduate who goes to work at The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency — which turns out not to always be a good thing.
According to the site, »
- Justin Cook
Religious crowds pulled off a “great awakening” at the Labor Day box office, raising low-budget “War Room” above “Straight Outta Compton” and reaffirming the value of producing pictures for faith-based moviegoers.
The $3 million production from brothers Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick brought in $12.6 million over the four-day holiday. The film has earned $27.9 million and is on track to be the biggest hit of the Kendricks’ careers, passing “Courageous” ($34.5 million) and “Fireproof” ($33.4 million). It arrives in theaters courtesy of Sony’s Affirm division.
“War Room’s” success was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise torpid weekend at the multiplexes. Overall ticket sales are still being calculated, but it is shaping up to be one of the worst Labor Day holidays over the past decade.
That poor showing is because newcomers like Europacorp’s “Transporter Refueled” failed to generate much heat, snagging fifth place and $9 million at the box office. »
- Brent Lang
The federation, comprised of 500 of the world's top critics, will honour Miller its Fipresci Grand Prix 2015..
The award will be presented to the Australian writer/director/producer at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Annual San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 18 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Since its early 2015 release, Mad Max has become one of the best-reviewed films of this or any year, earning a 98 per cent fresh rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which lists Mad Max: Fury Road as the 12th best-reviewed film of all time.
Miller said he was proud of the Aussie cast and crew, "big time".
"Their skill set, their unfailing grace under pressure. This was a tough movie to make. It's so lovely to have our many labours acknowledged in this way. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Speaking on radio station Rtl whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. »
- Scott J. Davis
Digital projection is meaning cleaner and more stable pictures on the big screen.
Have you noticed anything different in the past few years of visiting your local multiplex? No more Harry Potter films every year mainly, but more fundamentally than that – does the screen look cleaner and more stable than usual? None of the scratches and jitter that you always used to see?
You’re witnessing the results of cinema's digital switchover, just another step our lives have taken from the analogue into the digital world. It’s maybe something many haven’t thought about too much, as they sit back, munch popcorn and drink gallons of Fanta while watching dozens of blockbusters.
But considering how many people are affected by it and its impact on how cinemas are run, maybe we should be asking: what’s wrong with this picture?
Since the film-digital debate is kind of technical, just »
It Takes a Muscle: De Jong’s Debut a Vibrant Entry in Familiar Genre
So perhaps there is a room for a bit of inventiveness in the continual exploration of the bildungsroman, at least evidenced by Dutch director Sam de Jong’s directorial debut Prince. Heavily stylized with flourishes of impressive editing and an energetic soundtrack fluctuating between hypnotic electro beats, crooning vintage tracks, and a synthesized menace promising more detrimental events than the film actually delivers, this exploration of life in Amsterdam’s low income housing projects recalls the influences of works by Refn and Antonio Campos, at least as far its power for brooding male leads struggling through an increasingly apathetic universe. Ultimately, de Jong proves to be less interested in the provocations his tone would otherwise indicate, surprisingly crafting a sweet natured portrait of conflicted adolescence.
17 year old Ayoub (Ayoub Elasri) lives with his lonely single Dutch »
- Nicholas Bell
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
Tom Cruise isn't quite the box office king he was back in 1996 when the first Mission Impossible hit theaters, yet the franchise is still surprisingly strong and the fifth movie in the series is poised to open pretty big this weekend. It's also scored surprisingly strong reviews with a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has a 93 percent rating.)
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Tom Cruise movie? Feel free to vote for one of his »
Tom Cruise has played many iconic roles over the course of his career - from the still-active Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible films, to Frank T.J. Mackey in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, to Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July - but ranking right up towards the top is his supporting turn as studio executive Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. It's ridiculous, crude, and unlike anything we've seen from the movie star before - but what may surprise you is that the character was actually Cruise's idea to include. Diving into the making of Tropic Thunder, Grantland has published an oral history of how the Les Grossman role came to exist - and while there are no quotes from Cruise, the story does feature input from Ben Stiller, screenwriter Etan Cohen, co-star Bill Hader, and many more. As the story goes, the film was in »
Following the news that Room will have it's Canadian Premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival in September, the first trailer has landed and it's just beautiful. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted by Emma Donoghue from her award-winning book, Room stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). The trailer looks haunting and incredibly emotional and if its anything to go by, Larson's performance could be a standout come awards season. Check out the just released poster too below. Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world.... It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise has had an extensive and wide-ranging career. Granted, he is most closely associated with films like last week’s subject Top Gun and the aforementioned Mission Impossible franchise, but he’s done much more than that. Some of his earlier years had him star in Ridley Scott’s Legend as well as the romantic period film Far and Away, one of the three films »
- Kat Smith
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
A new live action take on Pinocchio has been talked about for some time now, and more recently, it began to gain some traction when it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr was set to take on the role of Geppetto in the movie. Furthermore, he and Susan Downey are set to produce the movie through their production company.
Over the past few years, a variety of people - including Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman - have taken a pass at the Pinocchio script. Meanwhile, potential directors have included Tim Burton and Ben Stiller. But now, the project appears to have landed at the door of Paul Thomas Anderson.
In a surprising match between filmmaker and material, Paul Thomas Anderson will rewrite Robert Downey Jr.‘s live-action “Pinocchio” movie with an eye toward directing the project for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Anderson is the six-time Oscar-nominated auteur behind “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood.” He most recently worked with Warner Bros. on “Inherent Vice,” which was initially slated to star Downey. The two have long wanted to work together and “Pinocchio” will mark their first collaboration. However, “Pinocchio” appears to be uncharted territory for Anderson, who doesn’t tackle a lot of open writing assignments. He’s a brilliant writer. »
- Jeff Sneider
This review was originally posted during our coverage of the 2014 Leeds Film Festival.
Australian film has seen as resurgence in the 21st century. Not since the heyday of the 1970s has the antipodean cinema scene enjoyed such a swell in international popularity. For a very long time, the only films to come out of Australia were comedies. These films were representative of Australian cinema to the world at large and determined what kind of movie was considered commercially viable in its home country. This resulted in a rush of Australian comedy films that stuck fast to the rule of diminishing returns. Thank God then that we have had such a great run of Australian films lately and more particularly, the absolutely terrific sex comedy, The Little Death.
- Liam Dunn
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